Several years ago, while I was living in San Diego, I belonged to the BEST crafting group. We called it card swap. We would meet once a month and exchange handmade cards. The ladies in this group were the most talented, fun, caring, and amazing women I have ever met. It was something I looked forward to EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH. One month I remember so vividly was at Marianna's house. Marianna has an infectious laugh, never spoke ill of ANYONE, and had this way of making you feel special and important. I miss her like crazy. This particular time she hosted happened to be in October. Her house was adorned with cute Halloween decorations, she had candy apples and chocolate sitting out on her kitchen table, and she served us THIS pasta. We all DEVOURED it! It was so yummy, so homey, and perfect for the season. She kindly shared the recipe with me and I think about this dish every year in October.
So often we think of pumpkin as a dessert ingredient rather than a savory ingredient...but it is PERFECT in this dish! My 9 month old even gobbled this up (once I pulsed it in the blender a few times.) It has a rich, earthy, savory flavor that I just can't get over. Love this one!